There are many great and not-so-great things that come along with university life, and dorm life in particular. Getting to hang out with your friends all the time, and always having someone to borrow laundry soap from? Awesome! Loud parties when you need to sleep or study, and having to share a shower stall with dozens of other people? Not so great.
One longstanding cliche of college life is the Freshman 5 (or 10 or 15, depending on how your year goes). Yes, students are known to eat terribly, and we understand why - fast food is everywhere, you’re busy with school, work, extracurriculars and your social life - it’s hard! But it’s not just your weight you should worry about. In fact, we recommend that you don’t focus on your weight at all - instead, let’s talk about health!
Your body shape shouldn’t be a measure of your worth, or affect your self-confidence. You may wish you were taller or thinner or stronger or curvier, but guess what? You look awesome just the way you are. What matters is that you feel awesome, too. Health comes from within, and is closely related to how you treat your body.
Eating well is critical to feeling good. It’s not about the size of your clothes - it’s about having energy, good digestion, and generally feeling well. If you live on coffee and muffins and then go out for beers on Thursday night, you’ll feel the effect. Conversely, if you make a point to eat healthy, nutritious meals and take care of yourself, your body will thank you. You’ll feel awesome, which leads to doing awesome things. Would you rather take a test feeling tired and sluggish, or focused and energetic? We know the answer.
So eat well, sleep well, be active and take care of yourself. Sign up for yoga, pilates or another fitness class on campus. Join a rec soccer team or Ultimate Frisbee group. Take advantage of your school’s pool and swim laps before or after class. Walk to and from class and to run errands nearby, and take the stairs whenever possible. If you have health benefits, use them to visit a Registered Massage Therapist or see a counsellor to talk out any stress in your life. Stock your mini-fridge with yogurt, veggies, fruit and plenty of Meal in a Jar options. Make healthy choices available to you so that grabbing a Lively Lemon Ginger jar becomes just as convenient as grabbing a burger and fries. Prioritize your well-being, and enjoy the results. This lifestyle shift can last a lifetime!
You only get one body, and you’ve got to treat it right. The university and college years are tough, but also amazing. Don’t waste your time feeling like garbage when you can create good habits and kick ass - we know you can do it!
Our Meal in a Jar products are available on retail shelves near many college and university campuses. Here’s a list to get you started!
Settlement Co Cafe & Eatery
1 Victoria Street South
8 Queen Street North
Student Life Centre, University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Settlement Co Cafe & Eatery
23 King Street North
Fresh and Wild
69 Spadina Avenue
200 Christie Street
623 Danforth Avenue
For a full list of retail locations in the GTA, please click here.
Mason jars are one of those household items that are endlessly useful. Yes, you can use them when making jam or pickling vegetables, and they were the obvious vessel to hold our delicious Meal in a Jar. But the possibilities doesn’t stop there - in fact, that’s only the beginning. If your Meal in a Jar containers are starting to pile up, don’t toss them aside - repurpose them! It’s a cost-effective, environmentally friendly way to make the most of your lunch container. Here are some of our favourite mason jar hacks.
Store Dry Goods
Your pantry will never look as organized as it does after a mason jar overhaul. Use the jars to store dry goods like flour, sugar, lentils, dried beans, rice and more. You can even store pasta or spices, or stick all of those loose birthday candles in one place. Because the jars are clear, no labels are necessary.
Make Overnight Oats
We’ve got you covered for lunch and dinner, but why not turn your Meal in a Jar container into tomorrow’s breakfast? Overnight oats are easy, healthy and delicious. Try some of these great recipes, or create your own!
Mason jars are perfect for creating a small, attractive countertop herb garden. Grow basil, oregano, parsley, chives or whatever else your family enjoys. It will look beautiful, smell great and ensures that you’ll always have fresh herbs on hand when cooking. Here are some tips for getting started.
Make a Candle Holder
Tea lights look lovely in a mason jar, and make a sweet, casual centrepiece for your table. You can leave the jar as is, paint it with chalk paint, or add textiles such as lace or burlap. Be creative and make it your own!
Hold Your Pencils
Whether painted in your favourite shade of dusty blue or left clear and simple, a mason jar makes a great place to store your pens, pencils and other desk items. Try using three in a row or even mounting the jars to a piece of wood to create functional wall art for your home office.
Organize Your Washroom
Got your desk organized, but need a place for all of those loose bathroom items? Use your mason jars to store cotton balls, Q-tips, epsom salts, hair ties or whatever else is taking over your counter. The wall mount jar hack works well in your washroom, too.
Paint a Vase
A handful of flowers looks beautiful in a mason jar. Try painting the outside with in a soft pastel or bold metallic - whatever reflects your decor. A few roses, a pure white hydrangea or some lavender will liven up any space.
There are tons of recipes for natural cleaners online, and mason jars make the perfect vessel for mixing and storing them in. Try one of these recipes for homemade cleaning supplies - they smell great and cost next to nothing.
What do you do with your old jars? Tell us in the comments!
We have a pretty big menu - it’s true. We like to give the people what they want, and when it comes down to it, that means offering variety. Some of our customers are vegetarians, or follow a dairy-free or low-carb lifestyle. Others love meat or refuse to eat specific veggies (blasphemy, we tell you). No matter what you like to eat, we’ve got a jar for you - but sometimes, it’s hard to choose. Here is a rundown of our current bestsellers to inspire you - plus, a team favourite we know you’ll love!
You’ve heard of Taco Tuesday, but around here, it’s Taco Any Day. It can even be Taco Everyday, if you want...we get it. It’s no surprise that this jar is a favourite with Meal in a Jar customers - it’s just the right amount of spice, flavour and crunch. The Black Bean Taco jar contains (you guessed it) black beans and flavourful veggies over brown rice, all topped with delicious napa cabbage. It’s tasty like a taco, but lighter feeling and full of healthy goodness. Enjoy!
Our Beef Teriyaki jar is unique in that it’s noodle-based. This meal is full of hearty vegetables and tender, teriyaki seasoned beef, topped with fresh spinach and served on a bed of rice noodles. It’s all the taste of take out in a healthy, convenient meal to go. Of course it’s a hit! This one makes a great dinner, and is extra amazing when served warm.
Even the name is delicious. Say it out loud - it’s magical. And guess what? It tastes even better. We understand why this one’s a bestseller - it’s packed with big ginger flavour and tangy citrus notes. This jar is full of veggies and millet, plus edamame, corn and crunchy sunflower seeds. You’ll feel like you’ve been at a health retreat after eating this one for lunch. Warning: it may inspire episodes of yoga, green smoothies, and feeling awesome.
This vegetarian jar is a favourite with the Meal in a Jar team for many reasons. It’s got tasty chickpeas, a healthy, flavourful sauce that no one can resist, plus hearty potatoes, carrots and corn. It’s vegan-friendly and straight up delicious. We recommend trying this one on your next order!
What’s your favourite jar? Tell us in the comments - we’d love to hear your picks!